Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ensnared by Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons

Book Info-
Title- Ensnared
Series- The Dolan Prophecies Series #1.5 (Novella)
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Expected Publication Date- August 22nd, 2014
Genre- New Adult Dystopian


Patrick and Maeve Dolan left the safety of their New York human settlement on a sultry summer night and never returned. Ambushed by the Winter Court guards during their search for information on how to free humanity from faery rule, they are now ensnared in the Winter King Landric’s web, and he has some questions of his own.

The Winter King is curious about the way the Dolans run their city. In a surprising turn of events, he’s determined to learn all about their 16-year-old son, Eirnin. Landric separates the couple, threatens and tortures to the best of his ability, but the Dolans won’t give up the information he’s after.

Murphy, one of King Landric’s guards has been a ward of the Winter Court for as long as he can remember. Trained from childhood to be as quiet and obedient as possible, he’s always been the perfect servant. At least, until Princess Lumi strolled into his life and made him question everything he believes in.

When the princess vanishes without a trace in the middle of the night, Landric is determined Patrick’s people had something to do with it. Without the only connection to kindness and humanity they had, Murphy and Patrick both find themselves falling into very different kinds of insanity.

Will Murphy follow his heart just this once, choose his own side and find Lumi? Will Patrick’s hope dwindle before he can escape and save his family? Or will their unyielding resistance be the death of them all?


I look down at the radiant beauty of my wife’s face as she holds our daughter in her arms for the first time and feel happiness flare to life inside my chest. It’s a perfect moment; Maeve looks floored by the depth of her affection for our baby girl and I can understand. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much love and protectiveness before in my life. I look into her face and feel the enormity of my responsibility to this tiny little girl settle on my shoulders. Honestly it’s a weight I welcome, and I have every intention of being as amazing to this child as my mother has always been to me. 
Maeve can’t seem to stop herself from touching our daughter’s face, and I hear her murmur, “Welcome to the world, little one…” She looks up at me, smiling from ear to ear before saying, "You got your daddy's eyes, lucky girl." I feel an answering smile break over my face as I look down at our daughter.
I pretend to think over what Maeve said. "The color is different, that much is certain. She is beautiful though, just like her momma," I say sincerely and reach out to caress my wife’s face. She looks up at me and smiles; leaning into my touch.
 "She has those big, innocent eyes," she says; smiling wider with happy tears standing in her deep brown eyes. "Just like you."
I am bursting with newfound parental pride. "My mother's eyes, it seems," I correct her. "Hopefully she'll have her mother's keen mind and big heart."
She chuckles softly. "And her father's sense of humor, I hope." I watch her lean down and whisper to the baby, "He's much more fun than me."
She has such a jaded view of herself, it hurts my heart. She doesn’t see the goodness inside herself—the love and kindness that peek out when she’s not paying attention. "Not true, wife. You're too hard on yourself." I feel my eyes misting over as I look down on them. They are both infinitely precious to me. "My lasses…the whole universe right here in this bed."
Maeve smiles up at me with mischief in her eyes. "Oh dear, look at your father—getting soft on us already!" She reaches her hand up and pulls my arm until I lean down far enough for her to press a kiss to my lips. "Sit with us? I want to run something by you," she asks and I nod at her; settling on the bed and then lifting her easily in my arms and setting her down in my lap so both she and the baby are in my arms where they belong. 

Patrick Dolan-
Human- Resistance Leader based in what used to be NYC. He is the husband of Maeve, father of Fianna & Eirnin. 
Physical Description: 6’4” tall, broad shoulders, trim and muscular. Black hair that he usually keeps above his shirt collar and blue eyes. 

Maeve Dolan-
Human- Wife of Patrick, mother to Fianna and Eirnin. 
Physical Description: 5’4” tall, petite and slim. Chestnut brown hair to her chin in a classic bob and big brown eyes. 

King Landric-
Fae- Winter King.
Physical Description: 5’11” tall, thin, ghastly pale. Hair the color of dirty straw and eyes are navy blue.

Human- Guard/Ward of the Winter Court. 
Physical Description: 5’11” tall, thin, muscular. Dark brown eyes, close cropped light brown hair, slightly tan.

Fae- Winter Prince/Heir to throne.
Physical Description: 5’10” tall, broad shouldered and skinny. Medium brown hair, medium blue eyes, tan. 

Hugh Kennedy-
Human- Spy for the Winter Court. Favorite pet of King Landric. Friend to Winter Prince, Khan. Hugh is the one who helped lure the Dolans into the Winter King’s trap.
Physical Description: 6’1”, broad shouldered, muscular. Ice blue eyes, blonde hair.

About the Authors
Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age. She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Melissa Simmons.

Melissa Simmons is an avid reader who married her soul mate and is the proud mother of a spoiled cat. She spends her days helping promote independent authors and doing what the voices in her head tell her to. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Allana Kephart.

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